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Linux Integration Services v2.1 RTM

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From Virtualization Team Blog

“We are really excited to announce the availability of the Hyper-V Linux Integration Services for Linux Version 2.1. This release marks yet another milestone in providing a comprehensive virtualization platform to our customers. Customers who have a heterogeneous operating system environment desire their virtualization platform to provide support for all operating systems that they have in their datacenters. We have supported Linux as a guest operating system on our virtualization platform from the days of Virtual Server and continue to enhance our support in that regard.”

The following features are included in the 2.1 release:

Driver support for synthetic devices: Linux Integration Services supports the synthetic network controller and the synthetic storage controller that were developed specifically for Hyper-V.
Fastpath Boot Support for Hyper-V: Boot devices take advantage of the block Virtualization Service Client (VSC) to provide enhanced performance.
Timesync: The clock inside the virtual machine will remain synchronized with the clock on the host.
Integrated Shutdown: Virtual machines running Linux can be gracefully shut down from either Hyper-V Manager or System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) Support: Supported Linux distributions can use up to 4 virtual processors (VP) per virtual machine.
Heartbeat: Allows the host to detect whether the guest is running and responsive.
Pluggable Time Source: A pluggable clock source module is included to provide a more accurate time source to the guest.

This version of the integration services for Hyper-V supports Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 / 5.3 / 5.4 / 5.5.
Obtain the Linux IC’s via the Microsoft Download Center.

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July 30, 2010 at 12:00 AM

SCVMM integration with Opsmgr fails with the error ID:10207

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How to recover from the error 10207 when performing the Administrator setup console stage:

Setup was not able to retrieve the service account from the specified Virtual Machine Manager server.
Specify a different VMM server and then try the operation again.

ID: 10207

Check if the SPN for the SCVMM service account is OK. Use the SETSPN -L, or check the account properties using ADSIEDIT or any other tool that allows you to confirm the SPN. If everything is ok you may need to recreate the SCP container that is under the SCVMM server account (In the picture bellow you can check that using the tool ADSIEDIT.msc).


To manually create this container, use the SCVMM CD and browse to the \Setup folder using command prompt.  Run CONFIGURESCPTOOL.EXE –INSTALL from that folder.  This should create the SCP, after running the cmd confirm the SCP creation using ADSIEdit.  Now rerun the integration setup and all steps should complete without errors.

Note: If you do uninstall/reinstall SCVMM then make sure you patch it to the level it was at before.  Up-to-date SCVMM agents cannot communicate with out-of-date SCVMM servers.

The full story Aida-s blog.

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July 18, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Documentation for Dynamic Memory Resources

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From Virtual PC Guy’s Blog, here’s a documentation list for Dynamic Memory included in in the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 beta release:

Dynamic Memory Technical Overview whitepaper
This paper talks about what dynamic memory is, what it does and how it does it.  It is a good read for those curious to understand what is happening under the covers.

Hyper-V Dynamic Memory Evaluation Guide
This article steps you through the process of setting up SP1 and enabling dynamic memory.  It also gives you some good tips on configuration and troubleshooting.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 – TechNet Center
For all things “Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1” related – the TechNet Center has you covered.

Hyper-V: Dynamic Memory Survival Guide
The TechNet Wiki also has a “Dynamic Memory Survival Guide” article with some extra links.

Thanks Ben 🙂

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July 15, 2010 at 12:53 AM

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 Release Candidate

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VMMSSP (also referred to as the self-service portal) is a fully supported, partner-extensible solution built on top of Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, and System Center VMM. You can use it to pool, allocate, and manage resources to offer infrastructure as a service and to deliver the foundation for a private cloud platform inside your datacenter. VMMSSP includes a pre-built web-based user interface that has sections for both the datacenter managers and the business unit IT consumers, with role-based access control. VMMSSP also includes a dynamic provisioning engine. VMMSSP reduces the time needed to provision infrastructures and their components by offering business unit “on-boarding,” infrastructure request and change management. The VMMSSP package also includes detailed guidance on how to implement VMMSSP inside your environment. 
VMMSSP is not an upgrade to the existing VMM 2008 R2 self-service portal. You can choose to deploy and use one or both self-service portals depending on your requirements.

The self-service portal provides the following features that are exposed through a web-based user interface:

  • Configuration and allocation of datacenter resources: Store management and configuration information related to compute, network and storage resources as assets in the VMMSSP database.
  • Customization of virtual machine actions: Provide a simple web-based interface to extend the default virtual machine actions; for example, you can add scripts that interact with Storage Area Networks for rapid deployment of virtual machines.
  • Business unit on-boarding: Standardized forms and a simple workflow for registering and approving or rejecting business units to enroll in the portal.
  • Infrastructure request and change management: Standardized forms and human-driven workflow that results in reducing the time needed to provision infrastructures in your environment.
  • Self-Service provisioning: Supports bulk creation of virtual machines on provisioned infrastructure through the web-based interface.Helps business units to manage their virtual machines based on delegated roles.

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KB982501:The monitoring of SNMP devices may stop intermittently in System Center Operations Manager or in System Center Essentials

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KB982501:The monitoring of SNMP devices may stop intermittently in System Center Operations Manager or in System Center Essentials

When you monitor some Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) devices by using System Center Operations Manager or System Center Essentials, the monitoring may stop intermittently. This issue affects the SNMP performance collection rules or the SNMP event monitors.

After you restart the OpsMgr Health service or the System Center Management service on the proxy agent, the monitoring of the SNMP devices continues as usual for a while. However, this issue may again occur sometime later. 

Additionally, the following event is logged in the Operations Manager log when this issue occurs:

Source: HealthService
Date: date
Event ID: 4000
Task Category: Health Service
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: computer name
A monitoring host is unresponsive or has crashed. The status code for the host failure was 2164195371.


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July 9, 2010 at 9:08 PM

FREE tool remove the HP Proliant Support Pack from Virtualized Servers

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Guillermo Musumeci has written a good tool for removing HP Proliant Support Pack, this tool is a nice tool to use before p2v migrations )you must remove all driver software before you start p2v).


Download: Here

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July 7, 2010 at 11:00 PM

OpsMgr 2007 R2 MP version 6.1.7672.0 is released

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Available for download from Microsoft Pinpoint, the System Center Pack for Operations Manager 2007 R2 Management Pack Version: 6.1.7672.0, alerts you to problems with components such as agents, management servers, the Operations Manager database, agents, modules used by workflows and services so that you can continue to monitor the servers and clients that your business depends on. The management pack includes tasks that you can automate to get easy access to common diagnostic tools, such as restarting a health service or reloading an agent configuration.


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July 1, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 R2 available for download

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The Service Manager Management Pack should be used to monitor Service Manager 2010 and includes monitors for the management server as well as the Data Warehouse server. In this release of the management pack, the Data Access Service, Health Service, Configuration Service, and workflows are monitored.




Feature Summary:

  • Monitoring for the System Center Data Access Service
  • Monitoring for the System Center Configuration Management Service
  • Monitoring the Health Service Run As Accounts
  • Workflows Monitoring
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    July 1, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4 available for download

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    Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4 available for download

    Check out the new features at the Network Monitor Team Blog Beta announcement.

    Additionally check the related Network Monitor Resources:

    1. Network Monitor Experts
    2. Network Monitor Parsers
    3. Network Monitor Blog
    4. Network Monitor Forums

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    July 1, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 1

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    Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 1 was released at 6/23/2010.
    The service pack includes the following new features and feature improvements:

    New Reports
    • The new User Activity report displays the sites and site categories accessed by any user.
    • All Forefront TMG reports have a new look and feel.

    Enhancements to URL Filtering
    • You can now allow users to override the access restriction on sites blocked by URL filtering. This allows for a more flexible web access policy, in that users can decide for themselves whether to access a blocked site. This is especially useful for websites that have been incorrectly categorized.
    • You can now override the categorization of a URL on the enterprise level; the override is then effective for each enterprise-joined array.
    • Denial notification pages can now be customized for your organization’s needs.

    Enhanced Branch Office Support
    • Collocation of Forefront TMG and a domain controller on the same server, which can help reduce the total cost of ownership at branch offices.
    • When installed on a computer running Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 simplifies the deployment of BranchCache at the branch office, using Forefront TMG as the Hosted Cache server.

    Support for publishing SharePoint 2010
    • Forefront TMG SP1 supports secure publishing of SharePoint 2010.

    Read some interesting articles about the new features included in TMG SP1:
    Forefront TMG (ISA Server) Product Team Blog
    Forefront Team Blog
    Richard Hicks

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    July 1, 2010 at 8:58 PM